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Smarter spending at the Pentagon would satisfy defense and deficit hawks
Smarter spending at the Pentagon would satisfy defense and deficit hawks

The Pentagon wants more money. But the politics of Pentagon spending have gotten so contorted that it's hard to know who the important players are, much less how much money the department is likely to get when this year's budget wrangling is finally over. The final number will probably have less to do with partisan divisions than with resolving the split on the issue that exists inside the Republican Party. One faction — led by Armed Services Committee chairmen Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) — wants to add tens of billions of dollars to the Pentagon budget beyond the spending caps that are part of current law. Another group, including...

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